How to find that great song you heard on TV last night

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Somebody’s been doing some really hard listening here.
Somebody’s been doing some really hard listening here.
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If I’m watching a TV show and a great song comes on, I usually try to find my iPhone in time to shazam it. I almost always fail, as 1) TV shows don’t tend to play entire songs without people talking over them and 2) I can never find my phone in time. Or rather I’m too lazy to look for it.

A similar thing happens for movies, only I promise myself that I’ll check the credits at the end, and I seldom do.

My dad, old-school guy that he is, likes to call up the TV company and ask them. Maybe I’ll do that when I’m retired, if there are still TV companies with phone numbers.

But did you know that there’s an almost 100% foolproof way to find that awesome track that played in that TV show you saw last night? It’s called Tunefind, and it’s great.

Major macOS upgrade will bring new Music, Podcasts and TV apps

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You may need iTunes a lot less in the next version of macOS.
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Evidence of Apple’s plan to break up iTunes has been uncovered ahead of the next major macOS update.

Icons for new Podcasts and TV apps have leaked out early. They’re expected to be accompanied by a new Music app and a redesigned Books app — all based on their counterparts for iOS.

How Steve Jobs gaslighted journalist about Apple’s TV ambitions

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Did Jobs second guess himself on Apple's TV potential?
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Apple has been working towards its TV ambitions for more than a decade now, ever since it launched the original Apple TV in 2007. However, a new anecdote from technology journalist Nick Bilton makes clear just how unsure the company has been in the past about its goals with television.

Bilton recalls a meeting with Steve Jobs in 2010. During the encounter, Jobs backtracked on his previous claim that TV was going to be a core business for Apple. Things have certainly changed!

Live blog: Apple’s streaming service gets the red-carpet treatment

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Apple’s going full Hollywood at the event.
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The first Apple event of 2019 is finally upon us and it promises to be unlike any other Apple keynote we’ve seen.

Services are set to be the star of the show as Apple busts out a new TV streaming app, news subscriptions and maybe even an Apple Pay credit card. Rumors have been ramping up leading to today’s “It’s show time” event, but there are still plenty of surprises waiting for fans. As always, Cult of Mac is live-blogging the whole dang thing with up-to-the-minute analysis on all the new stuff. Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage at 10 a.m. Pacific — most likely with a ton of Hollywood A-listers in tow — but we’re gonna get the party started a little before that.

Come join the fun:

Every TV show and movie currently in the works at Apple [Updated]

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Apple is loading up with original content.
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The star-studded Apple TV show lineup is starting to look like it could become a legitimate contender to Netflix and HBO. After going on a Hollywood spending spree in the last eight months, Apple appears poised to make a huge push into original content.

Thanks to its new worldwide video executive team, many of the Apple TV series in development actually look really promising and diverse. From Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories to mysterious new sci-fi series See, Apple’s working on some shows everyone could enjoy.

Check out all the full list of TV series Apple is working on:

Update: We’ve added all the shows we know about heading into Apple’s big March 25 event where it’s expected to finally unveil its TV streaming service.

Apple’s ‘Sports Ball’ team could change the way you watch games

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Eddy Cue had the best seats in the house to watch the Warrior's comeback.
Eddy Cue is one of the biggest sports fans at Apple.
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Apple appears to be planning to become a bigger influence in the world of watching sports as it prepares to announce its TV streaming service next week.

The iPhone-maker invited Sports Illustrated inside its geeky “Sports Ball Room” where a team of employees track pretty much every major and minor sports game in progress. While competitors like Facebook and Amazon are pursuing exclusive rights to air certain games, Apple is taking a different approach. It wants to curate all the must-see moments and alert subscribers when they’re happening.

5 Apple original shows finish filming ahead of March 25 event

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But they won't be ready for streaming for a while.
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Five of Apple’s original TV shows have now finished filming, according to a new report. They have entered post-production ahead of the company’s March 25 event, but they’re not expected to be available until the fall.

Apple is said to be working on around six other shows that are still in production. The company is also developing lots more original content that is planned to debut in 2020.

Apple picks up high-budget TV series Pachinko

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Pachinko got has been greenlit by Apple.
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Apple may have found its own answer to Netflix’s popular TV show, The Crown

The iPhone-maker has reportedly ordered an eight-episode series based on the New York Times bestselling novel Pachinko. After beating out multiple other bidders for the project Apple is allegedly throwing more money behind the Pachinko than most of its other series as it aims to make a splash at the Emmys in 2020.

Apple in talks with Roku to add AirPlay 2

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You won't have to choose between Apple TV and Roku anymore.
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Apple is closing in on a deal that could bring its AirPlay 2 technology to Roku’s TV set-top boxes.

At CES 2019 Apple revealed that it had partnered with some of the world’s biggest TV manufacturers to add AirPlay 2 to new and some old TVs. Adding support for Roku could bring AirPlay 2 support to other TV manufacturers as well, just in time for Apple’s streaming video service.

Make TV shows and movies look great in iOS with iFlicks 3

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iFlicks makes your movies look awesome.
iFlicks makes your movies look awesome.
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If you like to add movies and TV shows to your iTunes library, or to the Videos app on your iPhone and iPad, then you should be using iFlicks. iFlicks is an app that takes these plain video files and makes them beautiful. It adds artwork and metadata, and even converts them to a nice, iTunes- and iOS-friendly format. And now iFlicks 3 is out, with some great new features.